‘Kacha Badam’ was one of the most-heard songs on the Internet in India in 2021. A man named Bhuban Badyakar would sing the song while selling peanuts in his village, and it became a national sensation when someone recorded it and put it online.
Even before he would know it, Badyakar was at the top of his popularity, when he also got a chance to make a song with a star rapper, Badshah. Exactly a year after the peak of his popularity, Bhuban Badyakar is crying for help, as he is finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet.
“It has been many months since I left my village. I am living on rent in a house in Dubrajpur. A lot of money goes into rent every month. Whereas earning is not able to go on. I got a new house built in the village. But I am not able to live in that house. The song ‘Kacha Badam’ made me popular. But now because of that song, I am away from my home,” told Badyakar to Aaj Tak Bangla.
What went wrong?
Badyakar claims that a Birbhum-based company and the owners deceived him, which led to the copyright of his song getting stolen. The company conned the man under the name of Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS). By allegedly paying Badyakar 3 lakh rupees, the company made him sign the copyright papers, which he could not decipher then.
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“I am not educated and I don’t even know how to read English. Now, they are telling me that they bought my song. I cannot even reach out to them on the phone.” said Badyakar.
After getting popular online, people demanded money from the singer. After he refused to pay them, he was forced out of his village, as a result of which he stayed in a rented house.